Emilio Chan lives in the village of Huhi. He apprenticed with a x’men (shaman) there. He says that after years of training and study, the old priest pronounced Emilio ready and granted him the title and authority to carry on the ancient Maya practices. The priest died three days after having released Emilio Chan with his blessing. The old man, who lived in the forest, was 116 years old.
The other day, we watched Don Emilio cleanse and bless a building. He used candles, incense (honey and orange), water, and various plants. He prayed and sang in Maya, which was translated for us.
You can see the candles in the photo above. They are placed, along with a cup of water, at the four cardinal points of the room. He talked about the winds and weather systems that affect our area and how they are different depending on their direction of origin. For instance, the winds from the north bring rain.
He was dressed all in white with the cinpche plant tied to his body in various places. He was wearing a cross, which he said represents the four directions of the wind, and a number of other amulets.
Don Emilio is available for hire. He will do house blessings, funerals, anniversaries, or perform a Maya wedding. He also gets rid of bad spirits and vibrations wherever they may be in your life. He cleanses buildings – homes and businesses, ranches, and water. Wouldn’t it be great to have a Maya wedding?
Don Emilio is a curandero (medicine man) and you can consult with him for 300 pesos. He may prescribe specialized massages that he does, or the use of herbs and plants.
We asked Don Emilio whether he had any apprentices and he sadly said no. He said that most young people, after exposure to Christianity, think that what he does is on the dark side, bordering on magic. Another problem is that the learning program requires that they not smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or take any drugs. He says few young people are willing to commit to this lifestyle.
We talked about the loss of the Maya culture even in the villages. We may be looking at our last generation of x’mens. I asked whether you had to be a Maya to become a Maya priest. He said you didn’t have to be born a Maya, but you had to become one.
You can reach Don Emilio Chan on his cell phone. 999-165-4986